Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Good morning Wow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but I trust not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency. The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it […]

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes. In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 March 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 March 2019

Good morning Happy International Women’s Day. I’ve been struggling this week to write a review on what, in the opinion of many main stream media reviewers, have now become the very best set of noise cancelling headphones out there.  As longer time readers know, I’ve been reviewing noise cancelling headphones pretty much right since Day […]

Are the Sony WH-1000X M3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Better than the Bose QC35 II?

Are the Sony WH-1000X M3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Better than the Bose QC35 II?

Although other makes/models of noise canceling headphones have at times drawn almost even with market-leader Bose, and some have surpassed their sound quality, none have ever exceeded the noise canceling capabilities of the Bose products.  To date, Bose’s position has been secure as the absolutely very best for noise cancelling. Noise cancelling is tremendously beneficial […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

Good morning Another week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example. However, there’s lot we do have this week, more […]

Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

Coming from an English-heritage country (New Zealand), Rolls-Royce has always been a brand with special magic to me, and to most other people of English extraction. In decades now well past, the name Rolls-Royce was the sine qua non of highest quality, highest reliability, ultra-prestigious motor vehicles, to a degree that Cadillac has never equaled […]

Google Fi - A Transformation of Cell Phone Service

Google Fi – A Transformation of Cell Phone Service

Google has profoundly changed many parts of our world.  Its eponymous search engine, of course.  Its Gmail service, which now dominates the email field the same way Google’s search engine dominates search.  Other things are not so obvious but still important – for example, it “rewrote the book” on how to monetize and advertise on […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Good morning There’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below. I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 February 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 February 2019

Good morning It has been an interesting week this week, and there are two feature articles following this morning’s newsletter. One is a farewell tribute to one of my favorite planes.  Ungainly and ugly?  Probably, although that enormous wing impresses me every time I see it.  A delight to fly in, as a passenger?  Most […]

California's Downsized High Speed Rail Plan

California’s Downsized High Speed Rail Plan

Governor Gavin Newsom announced, in his “State of the State” address on Tuesday 12 Feb, that he was sort of cancelling the state’s long-standing project (started in 2008, and discussed for a long time prior) to construct an 800 mile high speed rail line that was to first link San Francisco and Los Angeles, and […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining them any day now.  This is a wonderful way to see a great part of France at a lovely time of […]